WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour represented the Traffic Safety Committee of the National Sheriff’s Association last month at a program in front of U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington.
Voutour joined Elaine L. Chao, secretary of transportation, for the kick-off remarks for the Federal Highway Administration's National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week event. Voutour said vehicle crashes cost Americans $871 billion last year, including lost productivity, medical costs, legal and court costs.
Preventing crashes and roadway incidents are among the most critical factors in Traffic Incident Management, he noted. Enforcement of impaired driving, speed, occupant restraints, distracted driving and other roadway laws is the primary tool for law enforcement to curb roadway deaths and injuries and mitigate the economic impact on communities.